Biden says he did not ‘take lightly’ decision to exchange US Navy vet Mark Frerichs for Afghan warlord who smuggled heroin into US in Taliban prisoner swap and insists bringing detained Americans home is ‘priority’ 

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  • Bashir Noorzai was exchanged with Mark Freirich at the airport in Kabul.
  • Noorzai welcomes the hero and is embraced by Taliban fighters
  • He spent 17 years in US prison for smuggling heroin worth over $50 million
  • He had close relations with Mullah Mohammad Umri.
  • Frerich worked in Afghanistan for a decade and was kidnapped in February 2020
  • Their release was previously described as a ‘non-negotiable priority’ for the US.
  • Biden says ‘successful resolution requires tough decisions’
  • US assessed that Noorzai’s return to Afghanistan ‘would not change any risk to Americans coming from the country,’ senior official said
  • Freirich is in ‘stable health’ according to administration

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